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Simple port IO on MPC5121e and Linux - an impossible task ? :)

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cédricfoissac
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Hello,

 

I can't believe it is so complex to set a simple chipselect on a MPC5121e running linux.

 

Gpio is detected (kernel is compiled with support of it, and i got gpiochip_find_base: found new base @224 in dmesg (kernel 3.0.4 with xenomai)

 

But i'm unable to access it through /sys/class/gpio. I can successfully export a pin (ie, if i type cat 224 > export, gpio224 is created), but i can't successfully control it:

 

echo "out" > /sys/class/gpio/gpio224/direction

cat /sys/class/gpio/gpio224/value

0

echo 1 > /sys/class/gpio/gpio224/value

cat /sys/class/gpio/gpio224/value

0

 

My need is a simple chipselect (well, 3 chips - select ), for a custom design. Running linux is mandatory. I suspect the MPC5121 to be in the bad function mode, so:

- does anyone knows how to change mode ? What register can i acces and how ? does it worths a try ?

- does anyone successfully perform simple IO control ?

 

Last thing, i have tryed to access internal registers through /dev/mem, but no success. There are very few ressources available for this microcontroler, but i'm stick to it. Perhaps anybody knows how to access (read) internal registers with /proc or sys-fs ?

 

Thank you for your help !

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Tim562
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Hi cédricfoissac,

     I use the MPC5125 (not sure how similar) and on that processor each pin can perform 1 of several possible functions. You need to configure the pin for the required function using the I/O control registers (section 20 in the MPC5125 manual). For example, on the 5125 most pins have 4 possible functions (like GPIO, LPC, PSC, etc) and you just write the 32 bit Pad I/O Control Register to specify which you want the pin to do. The address of these registers will be in the manual for the processor and it will probably be based on an offset/starting value. Hope this helps.

~Tim

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Tim562
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Hi cédricfoissac,

     I use the MPC5125 (not sure how similar) and on that processor each pin can perform 1 of several possible functions. You need to configure the pin for the required function using the I/O control registers (section 20 in the MPC5125 manual). For example, on the 5125 most pins have 4 possible functions (like GPIO, LPC, PSC, etc) and you just write the 32 bit Pad I/O Control Register to specify which you want the pin to do. The address of these registers will be in the manual for the processor and it will probably be based on an offset/starting value. Hope this helps.

~Tim

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cédricfoissac
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Hi Tim,

Thank you, i finally follow the same way than you did - i had time to dig the MPC5121e hardware manual.

What was a problem for me was the fact the gpio were created in sys-fs even if not usable (i would have think they were simply not visible if not usable as an I/O).

Thank you,

CF

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